Collaborative Leadership Style Analysis

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The journal article I chose is about communication styles that create collaborative leadership. Kramer and Crespy (2011) conducted a unique study to look at what communication actions and methods were used to create a collaborative culture within a group setting. The reason for the study was to move from top down leadership style research projects to more modern day scenarios, albeit still focusing on how leaders influence to achieve set goals. In other words, Kramer and Crespy (2011) wanted to focus on the process and not the usual outcome as in past studies.
Their setting was a theatrical play and the group were all of those involved in the play, including all technical crew, along with actors, and actresses. The researchers used participant observation and as well as personal interviews.
Their study revealed the attitudes, comportment, and communication styles of the leaders (director and producer) that helped create the collaboration with group members. Their findings can be translated to other group settings, whether in theatre or health care organization.
Because their study took place in the arts category, their words and style had to be chosen carefully as not to stifle creativity. One-hundred eighty pages of notes were taken over
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Other actions taken by the leader, that fostered collaboration were, the director and producer asking the opinions of the actors, then asking more questions and just listening instead of offering their feedback. The actors asked permission to make changes, then gave evaluations, again creating a collaborative culture. Finally, the study showed that communication in itself is a leadership style that has the potential to cultivate collaboration or stifle it, showing that it is a process on a continuum that takes place over
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